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“The Richard E. Cone Award is important because it emphasizes the partnership. There are lots of awards out there for outstanding faculty member, outstanding community partner, outstanding student – but this awards gives you a much broader perspective of the importance of partnership and the reciprocal benefit. It calls attention to the components and best practices of high-quality community-university partnerships.”

Kathy O’Byrne
Director, Center for Community Learning
University of California Los Angeles
Honored in 2004

“I was so honored to receive the Cone Award. It was particularly meaningful to me because I was the first recipient from a community college. I felt proud knowing that our work was recognized and equally valued. I hope that I am the first of many community college leaders to receive this recognition.”

Carol Wilkinson
Service-Learning Coordinator
MiraCosta College
Honored in 2007

The Richard E. Cone Award recognizes an exemplary early-career individual who is an emerging leader in the field of community engagement, whose work has had a positive impact on campus and in the community, and who is guided by the best practices of community-campus partnerships. It is the hope of California Campus Compact that this award will inspire all higher education institutions to consider ways to deepen their efforts to institutionalize and sustain authentic community-campus partnerships. As it often has been said, a community’s character is reflected in the people it selects to honor.

Dr. Richard E. Cone (simply and fondly called “Dick” by his colleagues) has been a voice in the national dialogue on experiential education, civic engagement and service-learning since the 1970s. He has provided a guiding spirit and voice in the development and evolution of California Campus Compact since its beginnings more than 20 years ago. In 1999, California Campus Compact presented Dick Cone with the first Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence & Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. From 1999-2016, the award was bestowed annually upon an individual who has made significant contributions to the development of partnerships between communities and institutions of higher education – partnerships through which student learning and the quality of life in communities are simultaneously improved. In 2017, we are moving to honor Dick Cone’s work to support and mentor emerging leaders in the field.

See the list of Richard E. Cone Award recipients.